Chucks, All-Stars, or Classic Cons – call them what you want, but they’re a legend. Veronika Heilbrunner on her re-found love for sneakers
When I think about my history with shoes, sneakers have always played an extremely large role. As a teenager, my strongest fashion statement was to wear skater sneakers day and night – with jeans, shorts, skirts, and pretty dresses. All the way. Naturally, I outgrew them in my 20s and decided all of a sudden that sport shoes would never be seen on my feet again.
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It’s funny how exactly the opposite happened ten years later. Now I have not only one pair of sneakers, but many just waiting to be worn. And even funnier is that – even in this narrow category of footwear – I have extreme phases. At first I was wearing only very sporty “tech”-looking sneakers. But after growing tired of that look, of course the urge to buy new models kicked in and it was time to update. I remember the moment like it was yesterday. My best friend invited me to a bombastic party and the dress code was “Carat”! My amazing sequined jumpsuit did a very good job of matching the theme, but when Cher stepped on the stage I couldn’t stop dancing for what felt like forever. Besides wishing I could be reborn in the 60s and follow my icon’s every step, another thought wouldn’t leave my head: Go to your room and exchange your heels for your Classic Cons!
From that day on, all I’ve wanted to wear day-to-night and night-to-day are All-Stars. The reason? There are almost too many to list, but first and foremost: They kind of go with everything. My white ones are always with me when I pack for trips. Also, they have a talent for visualizing strong looks, but not in a sloppy way. The high-top model accentuates my ankles in an almost elegant manner. They are easy to wash in the machine and I can walk in them all day long without any pain. They aren’t attention seekers, but rather your trusted friend that’s always going to have your back. A legend!
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Born and raised in Munich/Germany, Veronika’s professional career has developed from being a model to a fashion editor, to online luxury retailing and most recently style editor of Harpers Bazaar Germany. She currently lives in Berlin where in the beginning of 2015 she started a company with Julia Knolle, the ex-editor at large of Vogue Digital.
Oh, and she loves pugs!